How to Make Home Window Screens


If you're missing a screen or have one that needs replacement, you can make your own home window screen and save yourself a little bit of cash. Many hardware stores carry screen kits that contain all the materials you need to make a screen for your window. After taking the window measurements, you then construct the screen frame. The screen is held in place in a channel on the frame by a thin piece of plastic called a spline. The spline is pressed into the channel with a special tool called a spline roller.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Screen kit
  • Spline roller
  • Scissors
  • Sharp knife
  • Gloves
  • Measure the window where you will be placing the screen. Take both the height and width measurements from the inside of one frame to the inside on the opposite side. Take a quarter-inch off this measurement to provide room for the screen to be removed and replaced. For example, if the width of your window was 28 inches, you would write down 27 and three-quarter inches.

  • Cut the frame sides to the appropriate length with a hacksaw or straight saw. Hacksaws are easiest to use when cutting aluminum.

  • Assemble the frame by plugging the frame sides into the frame corners. Align the appropriate sides across from each other (top across bottom, left side across right side) before inserting the corner pieces. Test the fame size by placing it in the window.

  • Place the frame on a flat surface. Stretch out the window screen material across the frame.

  • Start in one corner. Press the screen into the channel with the screen spline. Continue to press the spline into the channel around the whole perimeter of the screen. Keep the screen material tight as you work.

  • Trim off the spline when you get to the end of the channel with a pair of scissors. Cut off excess window screen material with a sharp utility or hobby knife.

  • Place the window screen in the window frame.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also use a special screen material when making home window screens called "solar screen" in place of nylon or aluminum. This material cuts down on harmful UV rays entering your house.
  • Wear gloves or other protective materials when cutting the window screen.

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